The Deterrent Effect of the ICC on the Commission of International Crimes by Government Leaders

Chapter by Nick Grono and Anna de Courcy Wheeler in “The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court”, published by Oxford University Press, 2015. This chapter (at page 1225), in the book “The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court”, explores a growing body of evidence that suggests national leaders are aware of the possibility of ICC prosecution, and that this can influence their decision-making, for better or worse. If there is reason to believe that fear of ICC prosecution factors into a regime or leader’s determination to cling to power, it is not unreasonable to posit that such a fear may also, in certain circumstances, act to curtail action and shift the calculus in favour of avoiding war crimes or crimes against humanity. http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/academic/pdf/openaccess/9780198705161.pdf

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